Acquire Microfilm Reader/Printer/Scanner

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Stearns History Museum
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
December 2018
End Date
December 2019
Activity Type
Counties Affected
Project Details

To purchase a microfilm reader/printer/scanner to make microfilmed records more accessible to the public.

Competitive Grant Making Body
Board Members and Qualifications


Advisory Group Members and Qualifications


Legal Citation / Subdivision
MN Laws 2017 Chapter 91, Article 4, Section 2, Subdivision 4 Historical Grants and Programs
Appropriation Language

$4,500,000 the first year and $6,500,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources. Funds are to be distributed through a competitive grant process. The Minnesota Historical Society must administer these funds using established grant mechanisms, with assistance from the advisory committee created under Laws 2009, chapter 172, article 4, section 2, subdivision 4, paragraph (b), item (ii).

2019 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Other Funds Leveraged
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Number of full time equivalents funded
Proposed Measurable Outcome(s)

Available upon request.

Measurable Outcome(s)

The final measurable outcomes are primarily based on improved technology and user satisfaction. The specifications of the ScanPro 2200 improve the patron experience by providing multiple options to save data, access it, and offer improved clarity. The machines are easy to operate, and users can quickly navigate a roll of film by either going directly to a specific page or searching newspaper articles. When these documents were originally scanned for microfilm, a fair number were either of poor quality or existing technology limited an enhanced image. The ScanPro 2200 can improve the sharpness of film documents through its software, making them much better than the original. The most visible improvement from the ScanPro 2200 are the printed copies. These documents are an upgrade from our existing machines as clear lines and definition make for an outstanding copy. Software capability allows users to merge multiple scans into one document. Users have the option to save their files electronically, either to a USB drive, email them, or print hard copies.  Equally, staff appreciate its multiple options and the opportunities they provide exhibits, programming, and publications. The Stearns History Museum recognizes the need to continually improve our public service by any means possible. Purchasing this high-quality scanner was a beneficial addition to our Research Center and Archives. It not only fits within our Strategic Plan, patrons and staff have access to improved technology and a better end product.

Source of Additional Funds

Available upon request,

Recipient Board Members
John Bodette--chair, Tom Mathews--vice chair, Pat Webber--secretary, Philip Terry--treasurer, Annette Atkins, Barbara Carlson, Dorraine Larison, Susan Palmer, Stephanie Peterson, Elizabeth Reisinger, George Rindelaub, Bruce Skalbeck, and Dan Tideman
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Stearns History Museum
Street Address
235 33rd Avenue South
St. Cloud
Zip Code
(320) 253-8424
Administered By
Administered by

345 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55155